Catch-22

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The Soldier in White Character Analysis

A man wrapped entirely in gauze, with only a hole for his mouth, the Soldier in White is believed to be dead by many, including Yossarian, and is later proved dead by doctors. The other patients find the presence of the Soldier in White in the hospital to be disturbing.
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The Soldier in White Character Timeline in Catch-22

The timeline below shows where the character The Soldier in White appears in Catch-22. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The Texan
War and Bureaucracy Theme Icon
Gallows Humor Theme Icon
Self-interest, Altruism, and Morality Theme Icon
Another officer, known only as “ The Soldier in White ,” is in the ward—he is wrapped completely in bandages and has a small hole... (full context)
Chapter 17: The Soldier in White
War and Bureaucracy Theme Icon
Gallows Humor Theme Icon
Self-interest, Altruism, and Morality Theme Icon
Yossarian recalls his first time meeting The Soldier in White . This soldier was wrapped entirely in gauze, with only a hole for his mouth,... (full context)
Paradox and Impossibility Theme Icon
War and Bureaucracy Theme Icon
Gallows Humor Theme Icon
Nurses Cramer and Duckett tend to the Soldier in White and wash his bandages. Yossarian asks Cramer how she knows a man is even in... (full context)
Chapter 34: Thanksgiving
Communication and Miscommunication Theme Icon
Gallows Humor Theme Icon
Self-interest, Altruism, and Morality Theme Icon
...for the first time, and he enjoys it. Yossarian leaves the chaplain and sees another Soldier in White , wrapped entirely in gauze. Yossarian begins screaming, saying that the Soldier in White has... (full context)